Tag Archives: Ocean Shore

Wave Riders (2), Pelicans

These photographs are a few more from the heavy wave and surge we experienced during the last days of the King Tides.

These were taken after sunrise, yet the groups of Pelicans continued moving around.

Wave Riders (2), Pelicans
Wave Riders (2), Pelicans

It appeared any of the flocks coming up from the south, my right, just banked into the shore catching winds almost at surface level.

After gaining speed they again turned to follow the shoreline. We were in a perfect spot, thanks to Ellen’s planning, to photograph the morning flocks.

Wave Riders (2), Pelicans
Wave Riders (2), Pelicans

Litchfield, South Carolina.

Working The Wind, Pelicans

There were many opportunities with the Pelicans on this morning, but the ones I enjoyed the most were as they turned and rode the wind to shore.

Best viewed large.

Working The Wind, Pelicans
Working The Wind, Pelicans
Working The Wind, Pelicans
Working The Wind, Pelicans

Sunrise made the waves almost transparent in some places, the gold color was the best of the day.

Working The Wind, Pelicans
Working The Wind, Pelicans

While we have shot Pelicans quite a bit over the years I have never caught them working waves like this before. Crashing waves made these perfect for wider photographs.

Coastal South Carolina.

 

You Can Feel The Motion, Pelican

Somebody mentioned to me they could almost feel the waters motion around the Pelican here.

You Can Feel The Motion, Pelican
You Can Feel The Motion, Pelican

It’ s pretty close I’d say.

You Can Feel The Motion, Pelican
You Can Feel The Motion, Pelican

About this time in the morning the birds were slipping down to ride the thermals along the surface… in between the big waves.

 

Sanderlings On Shore

It’s still shore time here, it doesn’t really get cold. This is the one place I really try to find the small birds. The reason is patience is not a requirement.

Sanderlings On Shore
Sanderlings On Shore

They are out in the open and you either have a chance at a shot, or not. Besides, when they take to the air it’s a real challenge to catch them.

Sanderlings On Shore
Sanderlings On Shore

Above is how I like my little birds, posing for me.

Charleston, South Carolina.